“Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who are kind to the needy honor him.”
It’s a running theme throughout the Bible. Almost all of the Prophets speak out against oppression of the poor, as does Jesus, and Paul makes sure to inform the early Christians that all are brothers and sisters in the eyes of God, regardless of class or status. Proverbs is straightforward and succinct—packing a brutal punch in one concise sentence. Yet this verse rings true: if you honor someone, you respect the things he or she makes and cares about. As you listen to the story of the Island of Tuvalu, reflect on the ways that we as a society disrespect our neighbors, and how we as individuals have allowed something like this to happen. Where is salvation in stories like these?